Foundations of freedom stolen

This could be the darkest day in American history. The Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed on the wording and passed the National Defense Authorization Act.

This $662 billion appropriation bill also includes the most draconian provision in U.S. legislative history. The president has agreed not to veto the bill and may sign it immediately. The provision allows the president to determine who is a potential terrorist (not defined), includes American citizens on U.S. soil, and they can be detained by the military indefinitely without trial or charge.

On so many levels this is outrageous, shocking and simply unbelievable. I am embarrassed to see the day that the Bill of Rights under the U.S. Constitution is discarded under the guise of fear and authoritarian rule. The very idea of allowing the military to be involved with domestic law enforcement and to detain citizens indefinitely is reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

One of the basic foundations of our democracy is the right to a trial by our peers. To do away with habeas corpus and institute what amounts to a bill of attainder is more than criminal; it is the end to democracy as we know it. I don’t believe I am overreacting, and it is only a matter of time before free speech is declared a threat to national security.

The road to destruction is paved with good intentions. Merry Christmas to all!

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